It is quite interesting to note how late some patents come to fruition. For instance, a patent that Apple had filed as far back as 2004, related to a new user interface for its iTune Store, has now been approved by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent speaks of a ‘graphical user interface’ for Apple’s online store.
iTunes Store has undergone a lot of changes since 2004. Back then, it was known as the iTunes Music Store and was primarily known for music downloads. But over the years, Apple launched iPhone and iPad devices and they proved to be a true blessing for its online store which became the prime destination for developers.
Today, iTunes Store has a whole host of products available, from music to movies to TV shows and lot of other applications. Mobile users flock the venue to lay their hands on the vast array of available applications. While primarily the platform was known for catering to the desktop users, it is also a favorite with mobile users today.
The patent that Apple filed to redesign its iTunes Store talks of a ‘graphical user interface for browsing, searching, and presenting media items.’ While this may certainly have been quite something back in 2004, does it still remain relevant today? And will Apple really go for an iTunes Store revamp along this patent’s lines?
These questions beg an answer since we have been told that Apple may have plans of redesigning its iTunes Store and App Store – and whether or not this will be done to convert them into platform with a ‘graphical user interface’ remains to be seen.
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